By now you have probably heard of rhinoplasty, or as it is more commonly known – nose surgery. Rhinoplasty targets a variety of problems you might have with your nose. It allows you to reshape it, make the tip of it smaller or shorter, help bring back symmetry to your face and reduce a nose that is too wide or large. Moreover, rhinoplasty can easily fix some damage done due to injuries in the past, such as a crooked nose, a bump on the nasal bridge, or breathing problems created by a blocked nasal passage!
However, rhinoplasty is still a cosmetic surgery, and cosmetic surgeries are known for having the possibility of creating undesired side effects and some serious complications. These chances are, of course, reduced to a minimum when the procedure is done by a skilled professional (such as one of our experienced doctors at Skin Club Australia), but you still deserve to know what could possibly go wrong. Do not worry, though – these symptoms are not as severe as you may think and the whole procedure is among the safest ones there are!
The recovery period
What you might think are side effects might actually be something entirely different – the recovery period! As with most surgical treatments, there is some downtime to be expected and you might feel some discomfort during it. Prepare to take around two weeks off work to help your body recover! During that time, make sure to relax and not put your body through much stress, as it could provoke bleeding or other complications.
You should also keep in mind that it is ill-advised to drive for a couple of days after the surgery, so try and keep off the wheel. The downtime should tone down a bit after those first two weeks, but there might still be some swelling and redness after that. It usually takes a couple of months for the full effect of the surgery to kick in, but it might even take up to half a year for the swelling to disappear completely.
During your first week after the surgery, you will probably have to wear a splint and have some stitches in your nose. If you had dissolvable stitches, those will get rid of themselves in time. If you had regular ones, you will have to visit the clinic again and have them removed. After three weeks you should have recovered enough to swim, but before that try to avoid contact with water, especially on your face. After a month or two you should be back to your old state and can partake in sports and do physical exercise without a worry!
Side effects – what to expect
That being said, sometimes some things just do not go as planned. Even when the surgery is done by a skilled expert, a human body is known to react in unexpected ways. Let us tell you about some of these side effects which are pretty common, so you can better prepare yourself for them and not get scared when they happen.
First of all, you will have a blocked nose at least for a couple of days, often up to a week. During that time you will need to breathe fully through your mouth. Do not blow your nose or try to force the air through it – get used to breathing through your mouth! Moreover, your nose might feel a little stiff and numb and so may the area around it. Try not to touch it too much and endure the uncomfortable feeling.
Do not panic when a nosebleed happens – it is not uncommon for such a thing to happen during the first few days. One of the cuts might have opened up a little, so just tilt your head forward and pinch your nostrils for a couple of minutes. Do not stop applying pressure to check if your nose still bleeds, or it might take longer than it needs!
Lastly, there might be some pain involved in the process. The process of healing after such a surgery is often annoying and also, sadly, painful. That is why most doctors prescribe pain medications to their patients to take whenever they feel especially bad. But this and other side effects should not last longer than a couple of days, so be a big boy (or girl) and you will surely pull through!